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How to Apply to the Minneapolis Special Teacher Residency

How to Apply to the Minneapolis Special Teacher Residency


You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. Are currently employed by MPS in an unlicensed position OR are employed by one of our community partners and work directly with students at a MPS site on at least a part-time basis.
  2. Have completed or will complete a bachelor's degree by May 2019 from a regionally accredited institution. Check your institution's accreditation status.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. (A GPA below 2.75 will be considered holistically.)
  4. Are seeking your initial teaching license in Special Education--Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS).

To apply to the program, the following steps must be completed.

  1. Complete Inquiry Form
  2. Complete Application in Success Factors. 
  3. If you are an ESP with the district, log into the Internal Careers page and search for Requistion number 57948.  If you are a reserve teacher or employee of one of our Community partners, you will need to apply externally through this link: Residency External Application.  To complete your application, you will need:
    1. A current resume
    2. Your University of St. Thomas Personal Statement. The personal statement form may be found at the bottom of this webpage. Please upload your Personal Statement in place of a cover letter into Success Factors.
    3. The name and email addresses of three references (see reference instructions below)
  4. Complete St. Thomas application: https://stthomas.force.com/applicantportal  .
    1. You will need to upload a current resume and Personal Statement essay to this application. They should be the same ones you used to complete your MPS application.
    2. Be sure to select the correct drop-down options in the menu to apply to the residency program at UST. Step-by-step instructions.
      1. Are you interested in undergraduate or graduate degree? Graduate
      2. What college or school are you interested in? School of Education
      3. Degree- Masters of Arts
      4. Program - Teacher Residency: Special Education
      5. Cohort: Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency
      6. Start Term- Summer 2019
  5. Submit official transcripts for all institutions that you have attended.
    1. If sending electronically, have them sent to Channing Jones at minneapolis.residency@mpls.k12.mn.us .
    2. If you would like to turn in a paper copy, please bring or mail a sealed copy of your transcripts to the Human Resources Department on the fourth floor of the Davis Service Center. HR is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:00 am -  4:30 pm.
  6. Have three references submit Reference Forms on your behalf.
    1. At least one reference must be your current principal or direct supervisor at MPS.
    2. When submitting your application in Success Factors, provide the name and email addresses of three references. Once your application is received your references will be emailed the reference form.
    3. It is your responsibility as a candidate to ensure that your references submit their reference forms by the application due date.

In addition to submitting your application, selected applicants will be invited to participate in an Interview Event in the evening of February 13, 2019. At the Interview Event, candidates will participate in and will be rated on multiple activities by screeners from Minneapolis Public Schools and the University of St. Thomas. Finalists for the program will be selected based on their application materials and ratings from the Interview Event.

International Candidates:

If you completed your bachelor's degree in a country outside of the United States, there are additional application requirements. Review requirements here: http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/international_applicants.html .

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